During civil war, two musicians retreat to a rural island to farm. They are apolitical; a neighbor sometimes gives them a fish; wine is a luxury. They love each other, but there are problems: the war upsets Jan, he is weepy, too sensitive; Eva wants children, he does not. The war suddenly arrives: rebels attack, neighbors die. When the other side restores order, Jan and Eva are arrested as collaborators. After frightening and roughing them up, the local colonel releases them; then he begins appearing at their farmhouse: to talk or to pursue Eva? He gives her money. The rebels return; chaos ensues. Jan becomes violent and murderous; they flee. Can they escape? If so, to what?
Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Hans Alfredson, Bengt Eklund, Sigge Fürst, Birgitta Valberg, Ingvar Kjellson, Frank Sundström, Ulf Johansson, Vilgot Sjöman, Gösta Prüzelius, Willy Peters, Barbro Hiort af Ornäs, Agda Helin